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Kintsugi Experience Workshop – Expo 2025: Live to Travel, Travel to Live

Kintsugi Experience Workshop

This kintsugi workshop, held in Omotesando, Tokyo, allows participants to embrace the spirit of wabi-sabi (finding beauty in imperfection) through kintsugi, one of Japan's most popular pottery repair techniques. Your teacher, world-renowned ceramic artist and kintsugi master, Taku Nakano, provides instructions directly in English. Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese craft that uses natural lacquer and pure gold to repair broken pottery, bringing them back to life in ways that make them "stronger, more beautiful, and safer for the body than before they were broken.” As global interest in sustainability grows, many foreigners are joining the workshop to learn more about the art and spirit of kintsugi!

Local insights

Taku Nakano is a ceramic artist and kintsugi craftsman who shares kintsugi’s charm, spirit, and cultural wonder with foreign tourists on a daily basis. Through his workshop, he interacts with top companies, VIPs, and foreigners from across the globe.

Kintsugi experience workshop and Expo 2025

By learning the art and spirit of Kintsugi, you will also understand the importance of passing down traditional culture to the next generation, aligning with the Expo theme, "Connecting Lives."

Q1: How does this attraction bring tourists and locals together?

A: The process of kintsugi, as well as Taku Nakano's stories of overcoming setbacks and hardships, provide a meaningful moment that one does not usually experience in everyday life. In order to share the wonder of kintsugi culture with as many people as possible, the entire event is conducted in English with no interpreters, and we have received many reviews from foreigners who have participated, saying that it was a wonderful experience!

Q2: What kind of impressions have you got from visitors?

A: Each visitor seemed to have a wide range of impressions while experiencing the deep meaning and beauty of kintsugi. Some were fascinated by the process of repairing broken objects instead of throwing them away and making them stronger and more beautiful again, while others enjoyed the careful and relaxing time that is hard to find in everyday busy life. Others were impressed by the spirit of overcoming hardship through kintsugi, and some wanted to spread this wonderful culture when they returned to their home country.

Q3: Any message for visitors planning to see Expo 2025?

A: Japanese craft culture is filled with beautiful traditions that have evolved in their own unique ways, such as kintsugi and ceramics. Please take this opportunity to experience and feel their charm.

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